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How to find Web Server Information through Telnet using HTTP HEAD Command

Before you proceed, please note that this method may not work at all times because some websites hide their server information. Also, this method should be used to find out more about your site's security and should not be used for any other purposes.

All the instructions below are tested on Ubuntu Linux Server but should work fine on other platforms running telnet.

Run command below to connet to the server running on (you can use your server's IP address or hostname) on port 80 (default port for HTTP servers, change it if your server is listening on a different port number).

telnet 80

You'll now see some messages on the screen

Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.

This means telnet is waiting for input. Now, enter command below to get information from the server


The output (in my case) is as follows:

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 14:32:10 GMT
Server: Apache/1.3.33 (Win32) PHP/5.0.5
X-Powered-By: PHP/5.0.5
Connection: close
Content-Type: text/html

The output above tells us that the web server running on is Apache 1.3.33. Platform is Win32 and Apache is running with PHP 5.0.5 support. Please note that this information can be modified using Apache configuration directives (I'll explain that in some other tutorial on Apache). You can also modify Apache's source code to give it any name you like.

See the diagram below as a summary of whatever is explained above.

How to find Web Server Information through Telnet using HTTP HEAD Command

You can use the instructions explained here to change the name of your webserver (for Apache only).


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